NEWBERRY, S.C. – Senior Brandon Moses (Aiken, S.C.) hit on three of five three pointers en route to a game-high 19 points, leading Newberry College over Catawba College, 73-55, in men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon in Eleazer Arena.
As a team, Newberry (7-9, 2-3 SAC) was virtually automatic from the charity stripe, connecting on 14 of 18 shots. The visiting Indians found the line unkind, making only 38.9% on 7-for-13 free throw shooting. Newberry also bested Catawba from beyond the arc, converting 50 per cent to CC’s 30.8%.
The Indians held a 39-20 lead at halftime, using a 19-2 run over five minutes to turn a 10-4 deficit into a 23-12 lead. Rashaad Carter (N. Charleston, S.C.) started the spurt with the old-fashioned three-point play, followed by two successful free throws on the next possession. Freshman Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.) added six of his eight points during that span.
Catawba’s cold first half shooting, coupled with a 19-11 NC advantage on the boards, would improve in the second stanza. The visitors chipped into a pair of 21-point second-half leads, trailing by 12 at the midpoint of the final period, until Newberry’s 17-8 rally put the game out of reach. Crucial during that stretch were five consecutive Moses points.
“Brandon played an outstanding game today,” Newberry head coach David Conrady commented on the game’s leading scorer. “His three-pointer toward the middle of the second half put us out front after Catawba had clawed its way back.
“Our guys did a tremendous job dictating the pace of the game. We’re building this program, and today was crucial towards that end.”
Indian sophomore Helgi Magnusson (Reykjavik, Iceland) recorded 15 points and 14 boards, both team highs, in a losing Catawba effort, playing all 40 minutes. Catawba’s second option, Duke Phipps (Newport News, Va.), was limited to eight points, and fouled out in the waning minutes. Jolly Manning (Rocky Mount, N.C.) notched 13 points and snatched 9 rebounds.
Newberry’s Michael Dease (Bennettsville, S.C.) scored 12 points to join Moses and Carter in double digits. Carter rebounded 10 misses to match his 10 points.
Newberry College hosts Carson-Newman in its next basketball action, while Catawba returns to the area to face Presbyterian. Both games tip off Wednesday at 8 p.m.